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Punk IPA - BrewDog

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Punk IPAPunk IPA

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very good

1,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 46
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother fucker of a pale ale.

A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg bopping around India and the sub continent. Quintessential Empire with an anarchic twist.

God save the Queen and all who sail in her. Raising a Stiff Little Finger to IPAs that have come before and those it is yet to meet.
Turn up the volume Pay the man. Embrace the punked up, fucked up outlaw elite.

Never Mind the Bollocks this is the real shit.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: bark on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey yellow with an off-white head of froth that settles out quickly and shoots oily legs and ringlets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of tangerine citrus and juicy hops, semi sweetish with notes of honey. Flavor is immediatley bitter, full of orange rind pith and grapefruit. Morphs quickly to pine, full bitterness but a moderate malt backbone rides along, slightly hidden.

Moderate to low carbonation, semi slick mouthfeel, bubbly bite of a finish. Average drinkability, could be more complex.

far333, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewdog seems to making lots of headlines these days with their nuclear penguin and even more recently, a 41% beer. I have no interest in those monstrosities but was somewhat interested to give their regular beers a shot.

The IPA pours with a pleasantly white creamy head. It leaves lots of lace but recedes to a thin head fairly quickly. The color of the beer is quite good - it's actually pale! Imagine that. This one is golden with an attractive haze to it.

The smell is mostly piney hops. It's not bad but a little one dimensional. This sets up the taste which is also one dimensional. More piney hops. There's a noticeable lack of malt, fruit and any balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is average.

Ralphus, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light golden with a thin white head.

S - A bit of a malt base scent, but mostly hops with a citrus and pine scent mostly, some other floral smells there too.

T - Not too dissimilar to the aroma. Pale malt base that adds a little sweetness (not much really). Hops in the forefront provide a citrus and pine and to a lesser extent floral taste. Not really strong, but the hops are definitely present and not subdued.

M - Light to medium body with average and decent carbonation. A slight crisp feel to it.

D - Pretty good and easy to drink. It is light and decently refreshing and it provides some nice American hop flavors but isn't going to really hit you strong.

Notes: Good IPA that provides some American hop tastes without being too strong or heavy, and has good drinkability. However, it is not all that great and seems to be quite expensive in the US (I got it for 99p while in the UK) so may not be worth it to people in the US.

FreshHawk, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a really light golden colour... closer to the colour of a lager. It does have some nice head and leaves a bit of lacing though.

It has a nice smell of piney hops. When I take a sip, I first think it is too thin, without enough of a malt backbone. Then my 2nd and 3rd sips... then my 4th and 5th, and I'm almost done. Ya, I don't seem to mind the lack of malt backbone. This is just delicious. I love the piney hop taste and I could drink this beer all day.

I couldn't believe how fast I finished this beer. I think I've just started and my glass is just about finished. I usually drink beers fairly slowly, but not this one.

kwjd, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of vancurly
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 319, BB 14/12/2919, 330mL

a) Rocky white foam head, slight hazy golden yellow.

s) Herbaceous at first, some strawberry/rosewater floral notes, big citrus hop, ripe honeydew melon, some toffee pushing through.

t) Toffee maltiness upfront, then tropical fruit mix..grapefruit/tangelo brings it home at the back. Firm bitterness.

m) Fairly light, with a hint of creaminess. Good length to support the bitterness.

d) A good IPA. Plenty of lingering aftertaste to remind one of that, and inviting the next one. Strong for a session ale, but still could put a few away quite easily.

vancurly, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours pale yellow and mostly clear with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of lace. looks closer to a pilsner than an ipa...

aroma is nice. big floral and perfumey hop presence. slightly herbal. touch of caramel. light alcohol. bit of lemon and orange. white bread and cracker.

taste is nice. just under medium bitterness level. lightly herbal. floral and a bit perfumey. bit of grapefruit. light lemon and orange peel. bit of caramel. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting and a little different from your typical ipa.

grub, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a finger of extremely creamy, off-white foam on top; good retention and a bit of lace.

S: Very fresh floral hops come first, followed by some pronouncedly fruity esters and a bit of lightly sweet pale malt aroma toward the end. Nothing earth-shattering, but a mellow and pleasant-smelling IPA.

T: Follows the nose almost precisely, with a huge emphasis on the richly fruity esters in the middle; malt towards the finish, and a very bitter, clean aftertaste. Pretty solid, although not as hoppy as I would like.

M: Light-to-medium body with smooth, moderate carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Very smooth, and just enough of a dry bitter finish to be fairly crisp as well.

Notes: This was my first experience with a BrewDog-only offering (I enjoyed Bashah quite a bit, though), and I pretty much got what I expected - a perfectly serviceable, fairly distinctive IPA. Nothing much to say about it, other than that it definitely is worth drinking, but not for what they charge.


woosterbill, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Sweasty
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewdog Punk - An IPA that is sort of historically accurate. Highly hopped and aged on a boat. While it's the hoppiest IPA I have tasted from the UK these days, I wonder if it tastes like the originals.

Punk pours a pale gold. Seems light for an IPA. Things are topped off by a thick/frothy bone white head. Head stays around for a good bit. Finally settles to a ring, leaving some sticky beautiful lace in its wake.

The aroma seems purely American. Very clean yeast quality, not the usual British ale nose. Hops are at the forefront. American C-hops dominate. Citrusy hops w/ a light cheesy edge hit the nose. Little to no malt aroma detected. The hops are well represented, but lack the great punch of an American IPA.

The taste follows the nose. Hops, Hops and more hops waft over the tongue. Citrusy grapefruit comes on strong in the beginning. There is a bit lime showing up as well. The cheesy hops in the aroma are kept in check. Behind the hops a light bit of malt makes an appearance. A bit of a light bready malt tries to balance things out. This is quite the hop-cenetric brew, and that is not a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is squarely in the range of medium bodied. The carbonation is a bit spritzy and more than adequate for the job.

All and all Punk is a solid IPA. Its a nice easy drinking hop fix. This brew will definitely quench the thirst of west coast style IPA fans. I am not sure the aging on the boat adds anything unique to the beer at hand. Nonetheless I applaud the folks at Brewdog for going out on a limb and doing something authentically oldschool.

Sweasty, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little paler than expected. Nicely formed head that laced well. Nose of pineapples, slight pine and a hint of caramel malt. Nice but a little restrained for the style. The bitterness is rather assertive on the palate but a little scratchy, not allowing many other flavours to get through. Nicely carbed and finishes tidy. Overall a decent IPA that I would revisit again but probably wouldn't rave about.

juju7, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Stavage
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a fairly thin but full looking white head, which retained well considering there wasn't a lot to start off with. Leaves a very pleasant lacing. The liquid itself is a slightly hazy piss pale amber.

Has a very full on spicy citric hop aroma. Also some sweet malt smells in there, including some overripe fruit like esters. Slight metallic skunk funk is noticeable but not enough to spoil it too much. Initially I found the various hop and malt scents to clash though I grew accustomed to it by the end of the session.

A dry grapefruit hops bitterness and a very sweet maltiness (the overripe fruit) hit the palate at the same time. The sweetness fades into a citric tartness and theres a dry spice in the aftertaste. The hops bitterness continues to linger for a long time. The metallic skunkiness bothers me at first, but I'm not noticing it by the end of the glass. As with the smell, I find the hops and malt characters clash at first. Unlike the smell, I don't grow more accustomed to this contrast and I still find the flavours clash somewhat by the end of the drink.

Mouthfeel is ok. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer. As in some interesting flavours that didn't quite work together. Plenty of robustness but no subtlety. The refreshing effect of the hops bitterness was offset by the extreme sweetness and the malt sweetness was weak and thin next to the hops complexities. Still an above average beer which I'm open to trying again.

Stavage, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a dense, creamy white head. Perfumey, lightly citrusy hops and biscuits fill the nose. The taste is moderately hoppy for an American IPA, but quite hoppy for an English IPA. In flavor its somewhere in between, with an aromatic, earthy English hop character as well as a piney American hop elements. A sturdy, very prominent malt flavor keeps the beer balanced. The mouthfeel is quite thick with creamy carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter, with a very pleasant lingering hop flavor.

A very nice English IPA. Impossibly quaffable.

CAMRAhardliner, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BrewDog Punk IPA is pale, earthy, malty, and dry.

It poured the pale straw color of Lager, with a decent short-lived white head that left a glass-full of lace. The smell and taste are earthy and grassy, with a sweet malty finish and a lingering mossy funk. The feel begins passive and light, and has an extremely dry finish.

Punk IPA has a great name and label; however, the look and feel are too pale.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light body on this one, more of that maris otter extra pale. Floral aroma, with tons of fruit. The flavor is grassy, tropical fruits, and very clean. Mild to moderate bitterness. Not too bad, but not a game changer. Hardly worth the price of admission.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt and muted citrusy hops. The aroma is good but a little subdued, it could be kicked up a few more notches.

T- The taste features a good pale malt base with a good dose of citrusy hops in the finish. There we go, a little more attitude in the taste than the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not the best IPA on the shelves but not a bad one either. Worth a shot but not worth going out of your way for.

cjgator3, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA, not really worth exporting to the US in bottled form, but a fair brew nevertheless, attitude and marketing aside.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Smudged and a bit trite design of semi erased and dusty fonts displaying the brew name. Redundant side notes with a superfluous tongue in cheek "you are not worthy" style rant and a perfunctory and trite attack on macros. Ultimately more of a snob than an advocate message. Notes best before date hand written (24/11/10). Shows Alc. by Vol. (6%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour, generous foamy head with nice retention and a persistent surface memory, great lacing.

S - Hoppy notes, citrus with a bitter nose that touches briefly on a skunky hint to fade immediately.

T - Slight citrus hops, malty backbone notes with a small grassy note. More bitter than hoppy in taste and finish.

M - Light body leaning to a medium side. Small carbonation, almost watery at times, but works relatively well with the bitterness picking up the finish with a nice bite.

D - It actually works fairly well. Nothing remarkable but pleasing. Bottles in the 12 oz range would be far more convenient than bombers for this brew. Maybe it needs the bomber to make sense of the numbers as it is shipped across the Atlantic?

Notes: It´s actually a nice IPA, nothing extraordinary but nice. It sure is a nice addition to the UK landscape and would love to have it at hand over there. An import to the US? It is quite a few marks away from being competitive in terms of quality. The hype has done the rest but should not be able to sustain it for long unless they bring it up a notch. Having said that, and while I understand that it is not such a competitive market, why not exporting this to closer European markets where craft beer is a mostly a barren landscape? Yes, Spain, Portugal, Greece etc. I would love to find it on travels over there.

Daniellobo, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: Best Before 11/10/10, Batch 360
From LCBO, 330ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy golden-orange body with one finger of white head. Quickly dissipates into nothing but a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing. I'm surprised here ... I would have thought it was a wit from the looks.

S: Grapefruits, orange are overpowering mixed with pine and floral notes. Surprised here again, usually the pine is more forward.

T: Wow I've been mislead, the pine is so much stronger than what I expected. Some nice malts and fruitiness come through after. The pine hops aren't as strong compared to other IPA's but the bitterness is (Doesn't make much sense, but that's what I'm getting).

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Quite a weird mixture I'm getting here, but the oiliness seems to hold this together making a thicker drink. Smooth and thick down the throat leaving large amouts of bitterness.

D: Everything about this beer is odd to me compared to others in the same style. It's a good beer and if you like bitterness I think it's something you should check out. If it's a 'crisp' & 'clean' you're going for you wont get it here. Glad this came to the LCBO.

Long813, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LCBO winter release, a tad strange I'd finger this as more of a summer beer, none the less glad to have it on the shelves.

The beer pours a hazy honey colour and is capped off by a nice white head. This lasts reasonably well leave some lacing, eventually dissipating to a thin coating on top of the brew.

Grapefruit hits me right up front followed by some piney resinous notes. Perfumes of honey and rose make for a nice addition. Some light caramel scents can be detected but for the most part it's all resin and citrus, American hop varieties? This bouquet is pretty much on par for the style.

A resinous punch hits me right up front but not as powerful as some. This definitely has some of the British sensibility when it comes to hopping. Honey cracker malt flavours back up the hop bitterness well while not being too obtrusive, they know their role. Earthy flavours bring more than a one dimensional feel to the hopping providing some nice complexity.
The body is slightly viscous and very pleasing blending well with the hop character.

This is a good beer if not the most exciting, despite what the labeling would have you believe. The hopping is just right and you can tell they were going for the American version more than the British one stylistically. Though it isn't quite the hop bomb one has come to expect from the latter style.

Reinheitsgebot71, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeep gold in colour, with the slightest hint of orange showing when held to light. A big, fizzy, white head that sputters away to a solid centimetre cap that sticks around for awhile. The fizz leaves behind a patchy lace. The nose is very hop forward, showing solid notes of pine, tangerine, and flowers. Very perfumey. There's a little bit of bready malt in the background. It tastes much the same as it smells, the citrus and pine are there, maybe a hint of pineapple. Cracker-like malt character. It's very dry, with very little to balance the bitterness of the hops. Light bodied with low carbonation - it feels a bit thin, but still leaves a nice oily texture between sips. I picked up three of these - this is my last one, and I've looked forward to each one after the first. I think I can understand the mixed reviews this one gets, with it's thin body and slight malt character - even so, I still like this. I bet I'd like it even more on the back porch in August. I'd have preferred the LCBO bring something like this in as part of the summer release, rather than the winter.

mintjellie, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of foxbat2500
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle I bought at BevMo.

Appearance = the best part of this beer. Wonderful head.

Smell = Lots of nose. Big and citrusy. Very appealing.

Taste = Citrus up front, tropical. Bit of hops to finish.

I must say that I was a bit disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high after reading so much about Brewdog. Don't get me wrong its a fine beer, but too pricey for what it is.

foxbat2500, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a golden color with a great head that has long retention time.
Smells of hops! Sweet glorious hops! Has a bit of an estery smell, but is perfect smelling for an IPA.
Tastes just like I expected but better. Has the hoppiness of a great IPA and a nice malt backbone. Delicious.

Thanks brewdog for making a great beer!

Spineypanda, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first night back in the UK, decided to pop a brewdog

pours very light yellowish pale...not bad looking but looks like a blonde or an american wheat, too light to be an IPA in my opinion. also, hardly any head, and hardly any lacing

smell is subtle - nice citrus and flower hops are the dominant character, but not too intense, very clean smell.

taste is sooo floralish hoppy, along with yellow grapefruit juice character...with a very bitter finish, crisp and leaves the mouth feeling dry.

the look is really the only downfall of this beer...who cares though really, it tastes and smells very good - a brewdog classic, would order it above some of my favourite american single ipas.

benclimbs, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of elniko
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Lighter golden glowing amber with quite heavy lacing and decent sized head. Good looking brew.

S: Quite fruity nose, hint of tropical notes. Nice but a little on the light side.

T & M: Strong fruity, tropical notes come through quite strongly. Hop presence is somewhat apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel pretty thin bodied with carbonation apparent.

D: Drinkable, a different take on the IPA style. With the price I don't think I'll be seeking out again but glad I had it.

elniko, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light marmalade hue with a 1 finger quickly dissipating white head that leaves suddy patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. A bit lighter than the standard AIPA and with the carbonated bubbles hanging out on the sides of the glass after the pour, it looks more like carbonated fruit juice.

Strong presence of pineapple, pine, and hop resin in the nose with light strawberry, biscuit, and subdued bready malts in the background which become more pronounced as the beer warms. There's a decent amount going on, but I think the nose can be amped up a bit.

Tropical fruits, grapefruit rhine, and pine take center stage like the nose with hints of strawberries, biscuit, and bready malts, all of which come to an end with an underpronounced hop finish (in terms of the style). I like everything that's going on, it all just needs to be more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and decently balanced at best; almost the opposite of what I look for in an AIPA. It's still crisp and somewhat refreshing, but not something I really enjoy drinking.

Overall, a less than decent IPA. After reading the back of the label, I was under the impression that this beer was really going to deliver, but if anything, this turned out to be one of my least favourite IPA's I've had to date. The fruity presence, especially the strawberry infusion was quite interesting, but again, the whole experience was somewhat bland. I don't think I'll be buying this one again.

ludachris, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The LCBO got a bunch of individual bottles of this, so I picked up a couple to try. First time having anything from BrewDog, so we'll see how it goes.

Poured a surprisingly light golden hue, slightly opaque. Almost like a pilsner or Belgian blond. A very thin layer of head, not much to speak of. Lacing is evident, patchy.

Light hop to the nose, with a bit of honey, spice and bread in there as well. Not overpowering.

A solid IPA taste, certainly smooth and drinkable. Citrus and spices, with a touch of bitterness to the finish. Not bad at all.

A bit undercarbonated, but other than that it feels on the mark.

Does what it sets out to do, but nothing really to write home about. With so many IPAs available around here, perhaps I'm expecting too much. Still, I'd drink it again.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty light for the IPA category, but well within SRM range. The only poblem is I would have liked a nice foamy head on my beer and I didn't get one. For a hoppy beer it is really really odd to not have head but this one just didn't. Maybe their bottling machine didn't pre-force carbonate their beer prior to capping or maybe the cap was loose at some point. Who knows.

S - Again, maybe it was something wrong with the bottle, but I didn't get really any hoppy aroma at all. Maybe just a slight tiny bit of aroma, but that is it. Could benefit from back-hopping or dry hopping with more hops or further addition of aroma hops.

T - Wow. It suprised me. I didn't think it would be as good because of the appearance and smell, but it was nice and gentle. I traditionally like double/imperial IPAs, but this one was a good traditional IPA. Citrusy flavor, which I love and a smooth finish.

M - Could have been much better with the carbonation, but overall FG was good and provided a decent mouthfeel.

D - As far as drinkability, it definitely has potential. I could see myself drinking this beer just all by itself. I just think I need to try another bottle. Maybe with improved head retention and carbonation this one would get a better score from me.

Go out and try it. Its pretty enjoyable.

phillipzayas, Jan 11, 2010
Punk IPA from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.